PIONEERS AND ACHIEVERS.
Until yesterday, August 11, 2016,
Tonye Solomon aka D-BOY was an unknown entity but within the space of six hours and some minutes, the 28-year-old Yenagoa-born ball joggler walked himself into the Guinness Book of World Records by walking the longest distance ever, with a ball jauntily balanced on his head!
After failing to break the record on the 9th of July, 2016, due to heavy rain that started after he had covered a distance of 38km, Tonye yesterday achieved his dream of breaking the record by walking a distance of 52 kilometres with a ball on his head.
He started his journey from the university town of Amassoma, en-route Tombia town onto Agudama-Epie before finishing at Peace Park, opposite Government House, Yenagoa. Fortunately, the weather was very clement throughout the walk.
Before his July 9, 2016 misadventure, when the young man’s efforts were thwarted by the rains, he had wanted to walk from Ahoada town in River State, to Yenagoa but the assessors had advised against it. They said some sections of that stretch of road was bumpy and with his concentration on the ball on his head, he may hurt his feet. So the option of Amassoma to Yenagoa was agreed upon.
The current title holder of “The Greatest Distance Travelled With a Football Balanced On The Head,” is a Nigerian, Chinedu Harrison, who dethroned the former champion, an Indian soldier, Naib Singh, after he walked a distance of 48.04km.
Already, the Bayelsa State Government has expressed delight over the feat performed by the ball joggler.
In a statement signed by the state Information and Orientation Commissioner, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite, government noted that the 52 kilometre covered by the ball joggler explains the true sense of character of the average Bayelsa youth and thanked him for making the state proud.
Obuebite urged Solomon to go for more resounding glories adding that the government will support him in his quest for more laurels.
Tonye Solomon says his next feat will be to climb a mast with a ball on his head and also swim with a ball on his head. We can only wish him luck in his future endeavours.
The young man’s effort may not be a pioneering one but he certainly qualifies as an achiever for putting the name if his state in the Guinness Book of World Records!
Thumbs up to Tonye Solomon.